LEATHER TRUNK STRAPS Many of the old flat-top
trunk styles had leather straps that ran across the top of the trunk, buckling
down along the front. We've tried to find acceptable replacements
in the past,
but the straps we bought
from other places were too thick, wrong color, edges looked too bright,
didn't bend right, had horrible, shiny new buckles on them, and just plain
didn't look right.
So now we make our own.
We're quite proud of these straps, made from harness leather with antiqued
brass buckles, available in several styles as shown below:
Our Trunk Straps:
These are one-inch wide, which was the most popular size in the old days,
and are outfitted with a brass buckle that has an antique finish.
The buckle is stitched onto
the belt, just like the originals. Available in two sizes, Standard
and Long, which will fit most trunks. Measure first - these may be
too long for your trunk (we designed them that way)
but you can trim each strap
shorter to fit your trunk; just cut them with scissors. Can't cut
them longer, so be sure you order the size you need.
In each strap set you get
two complete straps, comprised of a total of four parts. The shorter
piece (buckle end), which is 20 inches long,
attaches to the front of
the trunk, with the buckle resting below the lid's edge. The longer
part, which has the holes punched in it, attaches to the back of the lid,
runs across the top, and
then hangs down the front to buckle in place. Either of the two pieces
may be trimmed to the proper length, just cut them with a razor knife or
These straps are about an
eighth of an inch thick, so they'll drape to fit over slats after some
time. They can be attached with our brass nails.
Our trunk straps are stitched
together, just like the originals.
Not riveted or stapled like
some low quality straps you'll see around the neighborhood.
Our standard trunk strap
set consists of four pieces: 2 buckle-end straps, 20" long each,
and 2 straps, 40" long, with holes punched for the buckle post.
This set will work for one
trunk that measures anywhere less than about 22" high, 22" deep.
We also sell strap tabs
to hold these straps in place, made from matching leather. Just scroll
down the page a bit.
Our strap sets are priced
by the set, with shipping included in the price.
A set includes all four
pieces - enough for one trunk. Two pieces that have buckles on them,
two pieces that are longer
and have holes punched in them for the buckle tongue.
Standard strap sets
(2 buckle ends, 2 strap ends) are $45 per set (enough for one complete
trunk), delivered in the USA.
Our standard straps are
available in either medium brown or dark brown (shown on the left, below).
Medium Brown Standard Trunk
Straps (40 inch straps, 20 inch buckle ends) $45 per set; item code Strap40MB
Dark Brown Standard Trunk
Straps (40 inch straps, 20 inch buckle ends) $45 per set; item code Strap40DB
Sets, for Larger Trunks
strap sets also consists of four pieces: You get the two 20" buckle
ends. You also get 2 straps with holes punched in them, just like
the standard strap set (above),
but these strap pieces are
48" long each. This set will work for one trunk that measures larger
than 22" high, 22" deep.
Longer strap sets
(2 buckle ends, 2 strap ends) are $50 per set (enough for one complete
trunk), delivered in the USA.
1.25" Wide Trunk Straps
Made from medium brown or
dark brown US cowhides, these straps are one and a quarter inch wide and
about a tenth of an inch thick (10 oz leather). Antique brass finish
These are sold in sets,
and each set includes four parts: Two long straps and two shorter
straps. The longer straps have holes in them for buckling; the shorter
straps have the buckles stitched
onto them (not riveted -
good heavens). The strap ends are 40" long. The buckles ends
are 20 inches long.
We make these to imitate
some of the old original straps we've found on trunks over the years, and,
by gosh, they seem to look pretty good.
1.25" Wide Strap Set
$60 per set
includes shipping to any
item code strap125
SHORT STRAPS Some trunks just need short
straps on the front of the trunk
Same construction as our
other straps, but these are short. Nail the long end (with the holes
in it) to the front face of the lid of the trunk (and you can trim it to
Nail the buckle piece to
the base of the trunk, also on the front, so that they match up.
Piece of cake. Sold as a set of four pieces - two of each end.
Straps are 1" wide.
Buckle end is 5.25" long overall (to the end of the buckle). Strap
end is 11-7/8" long.
Choose medium brown (photo
on the left, above) or dark brown (on the right).
Short Straps $25 per
set (all 4 pieces included - enough for one trunk)
USA shipping included
Don't want to use your credit
No problem - you can print
form and mail or fax in your order
Limited Run of Black
Standard Trunk Straps
We found a small set of
black cowhide leather hides, tanned in the USA, that met our criteria for
making trunk straps,
so, until they're sold out,
we have a few sets available in black, same dimensions as the Standard
Strap Sets described above.
Standard Strap Sets, Black
$45 per set, USA shipping included
our instruction page
if you need some help figuring
how to attach these to your
These are the little things
that hold the straps (above) onto your trunk. The typical trunk requires
6 of these to complete the job, some larger trunks require 8.
We sell them in sets of
either 6 or 8, what a coincidence. These are cut with a die and klicker
(also known as the big kerchunk machine) here in Maine,
made from harness leather.
Sets of 6 tabs are $15.00, sets of 8 tabs are $20.00. Both prices
include postage in the USA.
Each strap tab measures
4 and 3/16" long by 1 and 7/8" wide at the widest points.
The narrow middle part of
the tab is 1 and 1/8" wide.
If you'd like to make straps
that lock shut for your trunk these small brass buckle locks will do the
trick. Made to fit 1" wide trunk straps, you'll need to be
able to put the strap through
the slot in this buckle, then double the end of the strap over and sitch
or rivet it together (or use superglue) (but don't tell anyone)
The end of your strap that
has holes in it for a buckle goes through the other end, and when you have
this in the closed position, just put the key in,
turn it around once, and
the buckle is locked. Very cool. These are $15 each and are
sold ONE AT A TIME so if your trunk has two
straps and you'd like them
both to lock you'll need to buy two of these.
Strap Locks $15 each,
USA postage included.